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Agreement has been reached on reforming long-term care services between the government and three opposition parties, health minister Edith Schippers said on Wednesday evening.
Former Dutch prime minister and union leader Wim Kok has joined the second biggest Chinese bank as a non-executive director.
There has been a slight drop in the number of gun licences approved by the police since the Alphen aan den Rijn supermarket shooting three years ago, website nu.nl reports.

Brazillian arrested at Eindhoven airport with 56,000 ecstasy pills
A Brazillian national has been arrested at Eindhoven airport trying to smuggle 56,000 ecstasy pills out of the country, news agency ANP reported on Thursday.

Dutch are biggest 'EU immigrant' group in Belgium
There are almost 42,000 Dutch nationals officially working in Belgium, making them the biggest immigrant group, Belgian media reported on Thursday.

'Ahold shareholders have had enough of US tomato protests'
Tomato pickers from Florida have been coming to Ahold AGMs for the last eight years to plead their case, much to the annoyance of shareholders, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Dutch government's 14 casinos post record loss
The state-owned Holland Casino group, which runs 14 casinos around the country, booked a record loss of €22.3m last year.

Unemployment drops slightly but trend is still upwards
Unemployment fell by some 7,000 in March as more people withdrew permanently from the jobs market rather than found jobs, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Would-be students warned to sign up for college in time
School leavers hoping to go to college or university next year are being warned they only have two weeks left to apply.

Alternative medicine testing lab directors arrested for fraud
The two directors of a medical laboratory which specialises in testing blood, saliva and urine for alternative therapists have been arrested on suspicion of defrauding health insurers of €9.5m.

'Pharmacists sometimes refuse to give doctors euthanasia drugs'
Dutch pharmacists sometimes refuse to provide the drugs needed by people who have chosen to end their lives through euthanasia, the NRC reports on Wednesday.

Starbucks move is wake-up call, says US chamber of commerce director
The director of the American chamber of commerce in the Netherlands says the relocation of coffee chain Starbucks' European headquarters from Amsterdam to London is a wake-up call for Dutch politicians.

Report: Dutch students 'unmotivated'
Dutch school pupils are less motivated and enjoy school to a lesser extent than their European peers, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday, quoting the school inspectors' 2013 report.

More still needs to be done to keep older workers employed: OECD
The Netherlands should do more to keep older workers in employment and to encourage companies to take on older members of staff, according to a new report by the Paris-based OECD.

Paul Witteman leaves Pauw & Witteman late night tv talk show
One of the Netherlands’ most popular television programmes, the daily talk show Pauw & Witteman, will go off air at the end of the current season after eight years.

Lucky kids: thousands get €100,0000 tax free gift from parents
Some 34,000 people have so far taken advantage of a temporary measure to give up to €100,000 tax free to their children, the AD says on Wednesday.

Learn Dutch or lose welfare benefits, new draft law says
People who do not speak sufficient Dutch will lose their rights to welfare benefits after one year, if draft legislation now sent out to consultation becomes law, broadcaster Nos reports.

Hourly rates fell 6% last year, survey of nearly 200,000 workers shows
Wages in the Netherlands dropped by 6% last year, as hourly rates fell, according to the latest Wage Index compiled by salary check foundation Stichting Loonwijzer and jobs website Monsterboard.

Starbucks to shift European HQ to London in wake of tax row: FD
American coffee house chain Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from Amsterdam to London at the end of this year, in the wake of a row over its low tax bill, the Financieele Dagblad says on Wednesday.

The Netherlands considers F16s as Ukraine crisis air support
The Netherlands is looking into the deployment of F16 fighter jets to try and ease the conflict around Ukraine, defence minister Jeanine Hennis told a television talk show on Tuesday night.

Minister firm on child refugee amnesty despite calls for flexibility
Junior justice minister Fred Teeven said on Tuesday he has no intention of widening the terms of an amnesty for child refugees to include those who lived in the Netherlands outside national government supervision.

Wolf caught on camera, just a few kilometres from the Dutch border
At least one wolf has been spotted close to the German border with the Netherlands and was captured on two separate automatic cameras.

More children are morbidly obese
Around 18,500 children in the Netherlands between the ages of two and 18 are morbidly obese, research published on Tuesday shows.

Resistance sisters honoured almost 70 years after the end of WWII
Two sisters who as teenagers worked as couriers for the Dutch resistance during World War II have been recognised for their heroism, 70 years later.

Hotel stays increase but get shorter
The Netherlands saw an increase in hotel guests of 2.4% to 21.5 million in 2013, according to figures published on Tuesday by the central statistics agency CBS.

Minister refuses to postpone long-term care changes
Junior health minister Martin van Rijn told health insurers on Tuesday he will not postpone changes to the long-term care system.

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